Karen J. Alter writes and speaks about multilateralism, American foreign policy, ethics in international relations, international law and international courts. Alter participated in the Op-Ed Project, which aims to increase the voice of underrepresented groups.

Recent Op Eds

Time for a World Trade Organization 2.0,
Wall Street Journal, September 15, 2019

Trump’s tariffs aren’t the biggest trade problem.  Will China step in to protect the WTO?
The Monkey Cage, Washington Post June 18, 2018

Disentangling Ethics and the Law:  What’s Legal Isn’t Necessarily Ethical
National Law Review, February 28, 2018

The Future of International Law in an Age of Trump
The Berlin Journal, November 16 2017. This article previously appeared in German,  Der Taggespiegel, November 8 2017.

The Least Bad Option in Syria
US News and World Reports November 5, 2015

Trials and Tribulations of Prosecuting Heads of State: The ICC and Kenyatta
The Monkey Cage, December 19, 2014

Foreign Policy Experts Support Release of the U.S. Torture Report
Deutsche Welle, December 10, 2014

Will America’s Failed Domestic Policy Spur a New Cold War?
The Huffington Post, May 13, 2014

Four Well Intentioned International Law Ideas Doomed to Fail
OZY, May 20, 2014

Let Nations, Not the World, Prosecute Corruption with Juliet Sorensen
US News and World Report, April 30, 2014

International Law’s Legacy vs. The Cases of Ukraine and Syria
The Huffington Post, March 27, 2014

The Only Way to Counter Russia: Invoking International law is the best way to respond to Russia’s action
US News and World Report, March 12, 2014

German high court challenges the European Central Bank pledge to defend the Euro
The Global Post March 6, 2014

Has Putin Broken International Law?
CNN Opinion, March 5, 2014

International Law and Chemical Weapons: Conservative Arguments of Substance
The Huffington Post, November 15, 2013.

Recent interviews

Amsterdam Center for International Law: On redundancy, regime complexity and universality in international law, June 12, 2019.
Chicago Tonight “Global Affairs Takes Center Stage”, April 6, 2017.
Chicago Tonight “Trump’s Russian Reset” January 9, 2017.
EJIL Live! interview with Joseph Weiler, August 3 2016.
Sage Video International Law and International Relations, 2016
Sage Video International Law Making a Difference, 2016
Sage Video International Law: The Gap Between Hopes and Expectations, 2016